DEN Community Member of the Week: Rodney Crouse

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Rodney Crouse is a first grade teacher in Guilford County, North Carolina. Rodney has been using Discovery Education for about 5 years. “There is no better way that I have found to keep students engaged, to plug into their prior knowledge, to have them synthesize new knowledge, and to give teachers the tools and methods to make it happen.”



How do you start your day?

I start my day by petting all the furry ones as I leave for work, and on the best days…with a cup of coffee.image1.JPG

Why did you become a teacher?

To change the world, one life at a time. To be the light in a child’s life that will shine until their eyes no longer do. To be changed by each child that I’ve touched, and to never stop learning.

What is one of your favorite ways to use Discovery Education?

The SOS-  NEVER get old!

What is a ritual you have in your classroom?

Each Monday we introduce a new app or tech website for the students to use during centers time or to download at home and use there. Each Friday we are branching out of our comfort zones and Skype-ing with other classrooms around the country. Each year we build aquairums, terarriums, and plant seeds for a one of a kind hands on experience with living organisms.

This keeps students engaged and excited about not only what is going on right now, but what is just around the corner!

How are you involved in education aside from your role as educator?image4.JPG

I am a DEN Star Ambassador. I give up a little of my time each semester to teach other teachers how to use the DEN to grow professionally and how to marry their accessible technology with their inspiration for teaching and learning.

What advice do you give to a teacher who is hesitant to use digital media in their classroom?

Fail forward. Step out of your comfort zone. Mess up, and then find success!

What advice do you have for first year teachers?

You will never accomplish everything to do that is on your to do list. Take care of you! Make time to go for a walk or go to the gym. Pick up a hobby that is important to you and then, make time to do it. Always, always look for the best in every child…look hardest in the one that aggravates you the most, and then don’t stop there. Find something else to love about them. It will make a difference.

What sites do you visit to assist in your teaching practice?image2.JPG

* Discovery Education Network * Pinterrest * Twitter * Edutopia * ISTE

What other organizations/groups are you a part of?


What is your most memorable experience with the DEN?

The first time I met Kelly Hines and she taught about the SOS packets and how accessible they were – that is what really got me involved. The way that the DEN encourages us to share, but also encourages us to take ownership in our own professional expertise is unforgettable. It is empowering, motivating, and sustaining me in my career.

When you’re not working, where are we most likely to find you?

Hanging out at THEWALK[FaithWalk] UMC, training for my second half marathon in October, enjoying the best that nature has to offer on a hike or kayaking trip, sleeping outdoors, or chilling with the fur-babies while I read on what ever digital device is near me.

image8.JPGWhat is your favorite kind of donut?

Krispy Kreme’s new Java Chip — Ahh-Mazing!

How can others connect with you?








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  1. Roger Best said:

    You’re an amazing teacher. Congratulations! Your hard work, passion, and dedication are an inspiration to others.

  2. Michelle said:

    Hi…just wondering which sos lessons you like best?

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